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"We went over a practice test, as well as essay format and obscure forms of data interpretation questions."
"Today's session was a review of the work already completed by the student. We spent time going over chapter 11 (fractions and decimals) and chapter 12 (percents). She will review her other work and we will go over those chapters next meeting (divisibility / primes and exponents / roots). The goal will be to begin intensive treatment of word problems."
"Went over an essay and outline the student did. Gave him a prompt and he brainstormed and did an outline. Also talked about how to start the essay (opening paragraph)."
"reviewed the plug in method for GRE math
answered math problems using technique
reviewed GRE reading comprehension problems"
"We reviewed the medium practice problems in the review book and worked on some test taking strategies. Then, we reviewed geometry concepts."
"In our first session together, the student and I briefly discussed her goals and familiarity with the GRE. We then went over general guidelines and best practices on how to organize her preparations and how to study in the month ahead of the test. In particular, we emphasized the importance of imitating the testtaking experience as much as possible. Afterwards, we spent the remainder of our session going over the Writing Sections, discussing key points for both Issue and Argument essays, and finally, doing several writing exercises, at first together and then individually. We then mapped out our next session and decided upon a general plan moving forward."
"Today the student worked more on GRE Quantitative Reasoning questions. I had given her 5 problem sets for homework and she got through all of them with about 80% correct. We talked through the ones she missed or didn't answer and she quickly caught on to the logic behind the question. She also completed all of her verbal exercises but to be efficient, I told her I would bring them checked and ready to talk through at the beginning of our next session. With the rest of the time she did two numeric entry problem sets and one quantitative comparison. She says she has a harder time with numeric entry but she only missed two on each set. Overall, she is an excellent student who learns from her mistakes and will do great on the GRE. She and I agreed that the most helpful thing for her before her test is to continue to see problems to identify tricks that might trip her up. I'll send her 5 more practice sets for homework tomorrow that we will start Sunday's session by going over."
"The student and I met for our first session of GRE tutoring. We went over both the verbal and quantitative section. She is not a native English speaker, so she struggles a bit with the advanced vocabulary of the GRE. We need to focus on this area in the coming weeks. As for math, while she can follow along with what I am doing rather quickly, she struggles in knowing which math concept to use in which situation. I suggested a book she can buy that provides an exhaustive approach to the GRE, so she can better prepare for the test. And we will, of course, be working on this subject extensively in the weeks ahead."
"We reviewed both essay formats and I looked over one of the student's first attempts at an argument essay, which showed some areas of improvement. For math, she needs the most practice with statistical analysis problems, so those problems were reviewed in depth. I emphasized that vocab memorization is really the only area of improvement in verbal, so we are working on memorizing some roots."
"Met with the students from 79 am on Tuesday at the coffee shop. The first student and I spent the entire hour going over the reading comprehension passages in practice test 2 of the test prep book, focusing on strategies for deciding which questions to tackle first and how to manage time with the more difficult passages. The more time we spent discussing the early examples, the more her confidence grew. We're going to review her response to an issue prompt and/or an analytical writing prompt next week. The second student asked if we could spend our hour together today on her personal statement for her applications to the Ph.D. programs at the university. She has had significantly more professional experience than many applicants her age, so the main task was deciding what to highlight and how to emphasize the connections that led her to choose her current career path. She's well on her way to an exceptionally strong, impressive statement. She asked if we could spend at least part of our next session reviewing another draft because she wants to submit her application package soon."
"We conducted a review of math concepts and the difference between the argumentative and opinion essays. I told him to review vocabulary."
"We continued to review and practice quantitative techniques, with emphasis on analyzing and understanding Quantitative Comparisons."
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